Follow these steps if you’re having trouble getting your PC to communicate with your Pine via ADB mode (used to load Google Play, Root, etc..) Hat tip to Fet Guy for creating this!
- What cannot be stressed enough, you need to switch Pine into “Connect to PC” mode. This is done from Settings>USB Connect>Connect to PC. This is number 1 problem users seem to be facing.
- When you plug Pine in this mode, Windows will be presented with 8 (!) devices. As long as your computer has “Always install the best driver software from windows update” enabled (which could be problem #2), it will proceed to check Microsoft database and install drivers automatically. The only driver you need for rooting and GAPPS installer is for the ADB interface. Your computer, however, will try to install all of them in random order, so please allow some time while this is happening. Unplugging Pine too soon could be problem #3.
- Before trying to root or install GAPPS, take a moment to check if the ADB Interface is installed.
- In Windows 7, click Start button and type: device manager. Click on first result on the top.
- In Windows 8, open Start menu and type: device manager. Click on the result in the right pane.
4. If the driver is pulled successfully from Microsoft, you would usually see “YunOS Phone” category with “YunOS ACB Interface” at the bottom of the list of your devices. If this is the case, you’re all set.
5. In some cases, especially if your computer was used with other Android phones in the past, you may see some other “ADB Interface” showing up towards the top of your list. Unless it’s “Android Composite ADB Interface”, you will not be able to connect successfully (problem # 4).
- The best way to handle this is to remove this driver. Right-click on that ADB Interface and choose “Uninstall”.
- On the next screen, check “delete the driver for this device” as well. Unplug and re-plug Pine, while looking at Device Manager.
- Did the same (wrong) ADB Interface come back? If it did, it means that your computer will continue using the wrong driver from Windows Update, and you will need to stop this process first.
- In Windows 7, click Start button and type: device installation. Click on “Change device installation settings”
- In Windows 8, open Start menu and type: device installation. Click on “Settings” section of results in the right pane, then “Change device installation settings”.
- In “Device Installation Settings” window, select “No, let me choose what to do”, then “Never install driver software from Windows Update”, then save changes. Don’t worry, you can reverse it later.
6. Go back to Device Manager, uninstall the problem ADB Interface, unplug/re-plug Pine. You should see… no more ADB. The Device Manager should be showing 4 or 5 other unknown “Android” devices missing drivers. It’s time to install them manually, one by one.
- Download and unzip these drivers: https://www.dropbox.com/s/8dclxu8ddb9s87l/Pine%20Drivers.zip?dl=0
- In Device Manger, right-click on every unrecognized “Android” device, choose “Update driver software”, then “Browse my computer for driver“ and point it to the location where you unzipped the drivers. Repeat for every Android device on the list until “Android Composite ADB Interface” finally gets recognized, which means you’re done.